Even before the recent surge in the old fashioned satchel, we had a very soft spot for old leather suitcases, doctors bags and monogrammed military issue shoulder bags. There is a sense of history with a leather piece - marks and scratches showing the passing of time and a map of where the item and the owner/s have been. Leather pieces also last a very long time, so are great for diverting away from landfill in the sustainability sense.
So we are always very interested to see how designers and makers take this very traditional craft into a modern setting. We were delighted when we found the beautiful bags, belts and accessories from Brighton based Wolfram Lohr at the Brighton Artists Open Houses.
It was one of those moments when you see something, fall instantly in love with it, then instantly fall in love with the piece next door. And the piece next door to that.
The range of leather pieces by Wolfram Lohr follow a very utilitarian style, with beautifully simple and traditional shapes being updated with a very modern combination of colours and tiny details, such as contrasting threads and pencil loops within bags. Plus, most of the hides used within the leather work are vegetable tanned, eliminating the nasty chemicals commonly used in the process.
They really are a delight to behold.
Plus, if you do not have the funds to stretch to one of the gorgeous post style bags (from around £100 – £580 for the laptop bag) there is a great range of accessories finished to the same impeccable detail, such as the mobile phone sleeve for only £28.
The pieces by Wolfram Lohr are a wonderful example of true craft, produced by hand and with care for a contemporary user.
See Wolfram Lohr at 3 Florence Road, Brighton as part of the Brighton Open Houses, or at the boutiques website.
(images via Wolfram Lohr)